PA Consulting Group Reviews | Glassdoor

PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated September 24, 2018
409 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
PA Consulting Group CEO and Director Alan Middleton
Alan Middleton
182 Ratings

409 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • "If you look for work -life balance, this is the place" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Great people and excellent work environment" (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • "Likewise, work life balance is something the individual has to manage" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Zero pastoral care from senior management" (in 14 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    More communication needed from the senior management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A company that's so close to being phenomenal"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PA has all of the right pieces of a top-class consulting firm: smart people, a world-class research and technology division, and fancy PowerPoint templates. There's often plenty of work to be done, and internal networking can prove to be a fruitful use of one's time. In the UK, the name brand recognition is on par with Big-4 consulting firms. Projects are as rewarding/cutting-edge as you can find in consulting.

    Cons

    Incoherent branding and strategy execution. Very rigid partner model which discourages risk taking. Moves a lot more slowly and un-sexy than it appears from the outside. Carlyle's ownership means costs will be cut and work environments will be less than pleasant. Buzzwords everywhere. Management is very hush hush and inaccessible.

    Advice to Management

    Actually act upon your company-wide survey :)

  3. "Great people"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great culture

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits are considerably less than what market is paying


  4. Helpful (3)

    "No diversity, does not offer market rates"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great, intelligent. Some interesting assignments

    Cons

    Great company if you’re a white, male professional. If you’re not, good luck. Very little diversity. Company does not have fair practices- some people seem to be offered a flexible, work from home schedule while others don’t seem to be given the opportunity. Clear signs of favouritism. Poor communication across the board. Very little by way of support staff. What happened to payroll? My taxes are a mess due to travel not being accounted for.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.. you have us complete surveys, etc. and then all goes quiet. What happens to this information?


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized management, smart consultants, disconnected from the brand"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great smart people, motivated consultants. Unfortunately smart partners that they bring in, end up failing or leaving because the antiquated culture allows for complacency

    Cons

    Smart people are frustrated with the paternalistic and out date view the UK has about consulting in the US

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your competitors do, if you could simply operate that way, you'd have a better business


  6. Helpful (2)

    "poor communication"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    working with terrific clients, great colleagues. nice office locations.

    Cons

    the biggest issue i had working at PA was the poor communication between teams - and country managements. this led to may misunderstandings that were completely unnecessary. Working with the clients was great but the internal politics was a mess.


  7. "Great Company, has management challanges"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, strong opportunities and ability to grow

    Cons

    Poor senior management in some areas of the business is limiting growth

  8. "good company to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at PA Consulting Group part-time

    Pros

    good work life balance

    Cons

    limited growth opportunities for work


  9. Helpful (5)

    "PA "Strategy""

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees are given a great deal of flexibility and autonomy. I need to add another sentence in order to reach the twenty word minimum.

    Cons

    The company's "strategy" is to constantly change their strategy. There is always lip service being given to some issue or another, but nothing ever changes except for the fact that management makes unilateral decisions that affect everyone and benefit only them. They are constantly rearranging the company, creating new departments and laying people off. Nothing ever gets better , because the core problems of a lack of respect for and lack of communication with their employees are always there. Management never takes and responsibility for the messes they create, in part because they aren't paying enough attention to even know they have created messes.
    A great example of this was their decision to lay off 20% of their admin staff recently. The unsurprising effect of this has been long delays in reimbursing expenses, and a general lack of admin support. They chose to lay off many admin people who had been there for 20 years or longer, risking an age discrimination lawsuit. This is how they show gratitude for years of underpaid, overworked service.
    They have an impressive website, nice wardrobes, and a polished manner, but the truth is that the company is a mess because they just plain do not care.
    If you are a highly educated, white, attractive, slim non-American male, you may do well here.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and let people who have ethics run the business.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Serious flaws with no improvement in sight"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    A degree of independence in the work.
    The chance to work with some very bright and experienced people, if you can find them.
    Impressive client list.

    Cons

    Too much spin. Virtually everything claimed by Management is the opposite.
    Despite claims to the contrary:
    - It is not a transparent organization.
    - It is not a meritocracy, especially for the higher ranks.
    - It isn't innovative, entrepreneurial, nimble or progressive. In fact, it is very much stuck in the 20th century and persists in operating like an Old World Gentlemen's Club.
    - It is not global or even international but parochial, demonstrating real inability to achieve growth in major international markets, like the US.

    Instead of leadership (or even some degree of people management), the company is left to run on a complex network of archaic systems. A process or system is in place to "solve" everything, replacing the need for real decision-making or leadership. A recent poorly thought through organizational change is considered to be a "growth strategy." In fact, the only visible strategy is actually a tactic, and that is for everyone to sell more. Despite all of the evidence that external partner hires generally fail, they persist in hiring senior consultants and partners from outside, many of whom have little to no consulting experience. The outcome of this flawed policy is that inexperienced partners create an increasingly corporate environment because it's the only thing they know. In the end, PA has become a loose collection of business strays trying to be consultants within an overly bureaucratic organization.

    Carlyle bought in over a year ago and brought no improvements. This is a huge source of disappointment for many, since employees now have a stake in this ownership structure, which may or may not pay off at some uncertain time in the future (possibly after many employees are no longer with the company).

    There are also all of the minor details, which are disappointing: remuneration is low by industry standards; the bonus scheme is completely mismanaged, demonstrating a fundamental misunderstanding in how to incentivize employees; the travel policy is outrageously tight-fisted; and the entire evaluation system that determines pay rises and bonuses is laughable. To name a few.

    Advice to Management

    Define a vision - what will PA look like in 5 years?
    Create a proper growth strategy to achieve the vision.
    Deconstruct the systems and processes and replace with trust in your colleagues to make the right decisions and get the job done.
    Find the courage to change the many things that simply don't work anymore (if they ever did). There is literally nothing right or good about how promotion decisions are made for more senior consultants -- Fix this. Hint: When it is so complex that no one can understand it, change it.
    Demonstrate integrity. The bad behaviours displayed by Partners indicates a lack of character and does not go unnoticed by clients, the media, and others.


Showing 409 of 421 reviews
Reset Filters